Top 10 Annual Domestic Administration Financial Duties

It’s the third quarter and if you are like me, you have set goals and are trying to stick to them! I have monthly action items and then I schedule monthly and quarterly times for follow-up. I  schedule these tasks/duties on the calendar with an actual appointment time so I have focused time to work on DA financial duties and get them done without distractions. DA financial duties encompass not just paying bills but also keeping an eye on the financial ball....more

My Cleaning Box

My Cleaning Box   Oh, how I squealed when I saw this box and matching index card dividers.  Too cute! If you didn't know, I adore anything stationary,...more

Kind of Like Groundhog's Day

I've been telling my husband lately that my life is a lot like Groundhog's Day. Monotonous. Yes. But I'm actually the one choosing to shape it that way, since it keeps everything flowing smoothly and sanely here. My personal Groundhog's Day is complete with: * Anticipating hunger by pre-preparing snacks. * Thinking of meals in as far advance as I can stand, so I don't end up in a hot kitchen, myself hungry, tired and surrounded by three gaping mouths. ...more

Wow! You are brave. I am so going to have to clean the house. But I will look for that sweet ...more

Washing Dishes...Again

When we moved to our new home eight months ago, I was worried. You see, our new home has no dishwasher. And I had kind of made a personal vow that I would never move to another home without a dishwasher again until all my kids had left the nest....more

I'd have to say laundry machine because I have 2 active boys (counting my husband!). We have a ...more

My first blog-EVER!

So, this is it. My first blog, I read them all the time, and people have asked for my ideas as a busy mom before, but this is really it! So, now to lay it all out there! I have 4 adorable children, 17, 13, 9, and 5. Three boys and a girl. I am a school teacher, and very active in my community, and am part of that rapidly shrinking middle class! I am a coupon clipper, a bargain hunter, and according to my husband an incurable shop-aholic. I am also a foodie. My mom could make Martha Stewart blush, she should have been a home economics teacher....more

Clutter and Parenting

Simple Sunday is where I’ve been exploring my thoughts on clutter....more

The All-Purpose Cloth Napkin

We don't use cloth napkins as much as I think we should. It's a work in progress. ...more

So Many Books...So Many Colors

A task for the kid-less weekend… Yep. What do I do when the girls are at their grandparents and my wonderful spouse is at work? Organize our book shelf by color! Yes, I’m weird. (And just in case you think I’m nuts too, I also took walks and had lots of time to write.) I’d seen this long ago on some blog and thought, “Now that would really improve our bookshelf.” I’m always searching for ways to simplify things in our home since clutter and mess really drain my energy. I think I was expecting a little more results from the endeavor....more

I've had my bookshelves organized by color for... seven years.

I would not have it any other ...more

Find Your 'Home Sweet Home'

I don’t know about you, but we’ve got five people living in our home now–all day, every day. Hence, our land mine-pocked living room…bedroom…craft room…and kitchen. ...more

But 20 minutes won't do it. I think each needs about an hour. But - you've kind of motivated me ...more

Another Way to Go Green: Freecycle.com

It’s spring cleaning time, and between the nesting and the mad-rush to get things into a comfy place before my husband returned to work, our house is feeling pretty “clean” at this moment. That is if you can look beyond the disassembled couch, sea of blocks, piles of books and dress-up strewn about the house. So, when I think of spring cleaning I think of not just cleaning, but getting rid of things, starting fresh for the year. And on that note… ...more

I noticed your links to go Freecycle.com. Isn't it freecycle.org?

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